Billboard #1s for the Week Ending April 5, 1986

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Rock Me Amadeus Falco 2
R & B Kiss Prince and the Revolution 1
Country 100% Chance of Rain Gary Morris 1
Adult Contemporary Secret Lovers Atlantic Starr 1
Rock Why Can’t This Be Love? Van Halen 1
Album Whitney Houston Whitney Houston 5

Simply_Red_-_Holding_Back_the_YearsThis week sees  patient band finally break it big with an old song. Art student Mick Hucknall attended the famous Sex Pistols concert at the Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall — a show whose tiny audience included future members of Joy Division, the Smiths, Buzzcocks, and the Fall — and was inspired to form a band. The Frantic Elevators were labelled punk but retrospectively sound more lo-fi, with stripped down instruments and Hucknall’s fragile vocals. When the Elevators broke up, Hucknall assembled a studio group that he named Red after his trademark hair; a misunderstanding changed the name to Simply Red. A string of minor singles and lineup changes followed.

Finally, Simply Red remade the Frantic Elevators final single, Holding Back the Years. The aching blue-eyed soul approach took Europe by storm in 1985. This week it crossed the pond, nudging into the Hot 100 at #88. Six weeks later it entered the Top 40, and in its 12th week it topped the charts. Hucknall and company built on the success, refining their sound and charting numerous singles. They returned to the top of the Hot 100 in 1089 with a cover of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff’s If You Don’t Know Me By Now [#3 in 1972 for Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes]. The band dissolved in 2010 with Hucknall pursuing a solo career.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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